[In the news] De Lima: No approval for inmates’ transfer -ABS-CBN News

De Lima: No approval for inmates’ transfer
By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
February 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila De Lima cannot remember authorizing the transfer of inmates from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to Camp General Capinpin, Rizal and Dasmarinas, Cavite.

She also did not approve any contract for catering services for the National Bilibid Prisons’ (NBP) minimum security inmates and Muntinlupa Juvenile Therapeutic Center.

De Lima issued the clarification in response to allegations made by prison guard Kabungsuan Yadao Makilala against Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Gaudencio Pangilinan.

The BuCor is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and under its direct supervision.

Yadao filed a complaint-affidavit against Pangilinan with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, alleging, among others, that Pangilinan authorized the transfer of some 52 inmates this month and last January to Rizal and Cavite, and authorized a contract between the BuCor and a catering service company for provisions at the minimum security compound and the juvenile center.

De Lima stressed that the BuCor Manual allows the transfer of inmates only for 3 reasons: by court order, for medical reasons, and in order to view the remains of a deceased relative.

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